Best Books for SBI PO 2019 Exam preparation

Best Books to bang on preparation for SBI PO 2019 – SBI PO (Probationary Officers) is one of the most prestigious exams that every bank examination aspirant takes. Several lakhs of students compete for around thousands of vacant PO seats declared by SBI every year. It needs an effective strategy and lots of enthusiasm along with patience to clear this exam.


SBI PO exam is divided into three phases:

  • Prelims: Overall it is of 100 marks
  • Mains: the objective part is of 200 marks, and the descriptive English section is of 50 marks.
  • Group Discussion & Personal Interview: This section is of 50 marks.


To be eligible for the next round, an aspirant needs to score more than the cut-off marks for her respective category. To be finally selected, the combined marks of mains and interview is considered.


SBI PO exam was successfully conducted this year. Those who didn’t give their best or will be appearing from next year onwards should start preparing for this exam from now only so that they gain an edge over the others.


Those who wish to appear for this exam, either take coaching or do self-study. With most of the students choosing the self-study option these days, it’s vital that they choose the right study material. In this article, we have given a brief description of the books, that is important for the examination.


1)    Bank Success Book: Score Well in SBI PO Exams


This book helps you with the better score and faster preparation for the next SBI Probationary Officer Examination. In this book, you will find all the questions that have been asked in the last three years of this exam – including the repeated ones. Not only this, experts have included a step-by-step solution to every question. Overall the book contains around 1100 questions. All these questions have been solved by former bank POs and other trained experts. Whether it is QA, Reasoning. Computer or General Awareness – you will find all the sections here. This book is perfect for beginners. While revision, maximum students prefer this book.


2)    Comprehensive Guide to SBI Bank PO Preliminary & Main Exam

Published by Disha Experts, this book is the most sought out after books for SBI PO exam. Recently the completely revised and fully updated, the book’s seventh edition has been launched. It contains all the solved questions of SBI PO prelims and mains examination. The book accurately covers the compulsory three sections asked during the pre-exam and four sections including English Language, Data Analysis and Interpretation, Reasoning and Computers and General/Banking/Economy Awareness asked during Mains time.  The book presents theory well and is good for those who have started their preparation.


3)    New Pattern English Language for SBI PO Exams

Another book launched by Disha Experts for SBI PO Exam series, this book has managed to capture the way English Exam pattern has changed for those who will appear for next year. Earlier there used to be direct and simple questions. Now they have included the proficiency part in the Comprehension of English Language.


The English language paper has various questions in the form of Contextual Phrase Usage, Confusing Words Vocabulary, Grammatical Errors, Connectors, Sentence Synthesis, Evaluating Inferences, Para jumbles, Double fillers etc. You will get to study and practise enough questions on these topics. The book has included all kind of theory questions with proper solution.


4)    Banking Awareness for SBI PO Exams

Recently the book’s third edition has been launched, that is revised and updated up to date. Experts have included all the questions along with the detailed solution that was asked during time-period 2008-2016. It is considered as the most comprehensive book under ‘Banking Awareness’ section that is asked in SBI PO Exam. This book comes with detailed theory along with over 1500 solved questions and their solution. Overall there are 16 chapters. The section of the exercise is divided into two parts:


  • Past Questions: It covers maximum items along with their solutions that have been asked in the last ten years that is from 2008 to 2017.
  • Exercise Questions: They come with hints and solved parts.

Apart from these, they have also added new chapters on topics such as Financial Awareness, Current Trades of Banking, International Financial Organizations. Overall, this book is a good investment if you wish to master Banking Awareness.


5)    SBI & IBPS Bank PO Solved Papers – 40 papers (2010-2017)

After you are done with your preparation for SBI PO examination, then you can purchase this book for further revision and overall preparation. This book contains solved question papers of all the nationalised bank PO exams that took place during the time period of 2010 to 2017. There are a total of 40 question papers in the book that comes with detailed solution and hint. The best part of this book is that the question papers are 100% original and their respective solutions are error-free, unlike the other books. The book experts have given ample time to this book to solve the questions step by step. In this way, students become 100% clear with the concepts.

It is always advised that students should start preparing for this book after completing their syllabus. Then, they should go for question papers. In this way, the aspirants will be confident enough to solve actual exam question paper.


6)    New Pattern Data Analysis & Interpretation for SBI/IBPS Bank PO Exams

This book has well captured the way syllabus, and question paper pattern of Data Analysis & Interpretation section has changed in recent years during SBI PO and various other banking examination. It checks how much a student is able to interpret the data and how he solves or analyses the real-life based problems related to Data Analysis & Interpretation.


With the change in recent syllabus, experts have observed that questions based on data are mixed with problems of real life scenarios such as Mixture & Allegation, Numbers, Interests, Profit & Loss, Percentage, etc. Those who are new or find this section tough – this book is primarily for them. It has got practice questions in sufficient numbers. And the experts have also provided the detailed strategies that one should follow while solving them. In short, this book comes with detailed theory and exercise with the explained solution. The maximum number of past year questions along with complete solutions.


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